March 26, 2012

Genocide By GMO Famine?


I’ve seen more mentions lately of the possibility of new genocides perpetrated upon the billions being rendered economically superfluous. The idea’s in the air. 
Economic superfluity, permanent unemployment, are of course nothing natural and could never occur under natural conditions, including conditions of social organization which are adapted to the ways of the earth. On the contrary, these are the artificial productions of economic hierarchy in general, and capitalism in particular. The basic goal of capitalism is to impose artificial scarcity upon natural abundance. This is applied to the land, to natural resources, and to the products of human labor.
It’s also applied to access to work itself, which like everything else is enclosed, parceled out as “property”, and then rented to us, the true owners. In this case the scarce parcels, carefully rationed, are called “jobs”. The ability to function in society, and the very measure of being human, are to be tied to this piece of property, and whether one is allowed to rent it from “the employer”.
On the other hand, the number of jobs is being further constricted all the time. Billions are being rendered permanently non-functional from the point of view of the system. They’ve been dispossessed, and dehumanized. They are, in fact, not human.
Nor does the system intend to use them all as slaves. The 1% don’t need so many slaves. So what could possibly be the intended fate of these billions of unpersons?
I’ve been tossing around an idea regarding the system’s attempt to impose GMO monoculture by force. This monoculture is guaranteed to frequently collapse, triggering catastrophic famines. This is by its own inertia and inherent vulnerabilties.
But I think it may be true that even beyond the corporatist motives for this policy, the 1% also intend to be able to trigger these collapses and famines at will. After all, no accumulation of artificial collapses, famines, and disease outbreaks causes them to admit the bankruptcy of the policy, any more than Wall Street’s intentional destruction of the global economy in 2007-08 caused them to dismantle the finance sector.
We know for a fact that Wall Street is, by system intention, to be allowed to destroy and plunder economies at will. We know for a fact that the system cares nothing about food safety, but that on the contrary the lethal pandemics which will arise (and may already have arisen) from CAFOs are considered acceptable. This is at best collateral damage, at worst something desired. Similarly, we know that the system considers the hyper-vulnerability of monoculture in general and GMO monoculture in particular to be desirable. It’s a feature, not a bug. (This is part of why the system is so unconcerned with the predicted and now documented rise of bt- and herbicide-resistant superbugs and superweeds. This was always a desired outcome, since it now escalates biological warfare, requiring the purchase of ever greater amounts of herbicide and ever more expensive proprietary seeds. Each new GMO generation is more expensive than the failed one it, by intention, must replace. GMOs were the epitome of disaster capitalism from their inception. We already knew that corporate agriculture, contrary to its propaganda, seeks disaster and scarcity, not plenty.)
When we consider all this, we must also take seriously the possibility that artificially-engineered mass famine, like those engineered by the British in India, the Nazis, Stalin, the Khmer Rouge, and many times before by Western capitalism, is on the drawing board here.
At the very least, no one can deny that with our total dependence on corporate agriculture, this is a practical possibility. Nor can anyone deny the malevolence of the 1%. Put the two together, and we have more than enough to know that the current situation is untenable and intolerable. We must, with all organized speed, decentralize, relocalize, and democratize food production and distribution, on a beyond-organic basis. 


  1. Another great post Russ. Thank you!

    Comment by William Garnett — March 26, 2012 @ 6:35 am

    • Thanks William.

      Comment by Russ — March 26, 2012 @ 8:40 am

  2. Yeah, I think at this point intent is irrelevant to our preparations going forward. It’s going to happen whether the elites wish for it or not, the only question that matters is whether we’ll be prepared for it with an alternative model set up and ready to go.

    Comment by paper mac — March 26, 2012 @ 11:53 am

    • True, the movement must be strictly behaviorist where it comes to all public action. That’s also how I see things personally. (But I’ll also include some “intent” analysis for the benefit of those who still care about it.)

      Thus, all that matters is whether one’s actions tend to make us more vulnerable to mass death or less vulnerable. Supporters of the system tend toward extermination policy, regardless of their intent.

      The most important thing is, as you say, our action in the face of the facts.

      Comment by Russ — March 26, 2012 @ 12:49 pm

  3. One could also point to a subtle *cough* social conditioning evident in recent defecation from the mainstream “culture.”

    Additionally, a dramatic agricultural failure would seek to strengthen centralized control of food production. Just can’t risk letting people watch out for their own communities. Gasp, they might even find some local stasis with their biosphere.

    On a lighter note, spring’s here! I grafted my first ever fruit trees yesterday and sowed my cover crop.

    Comment by Ross — March 26, 2012 @ 12:12 pm

    • Yes, it’s a standard disaster capitalist ploy. The corporate food system causes a high-profile outbreak, this is used to trump up the “food safety” hysteria (identical in nature and intent to the “war on terror” propaganda), which is then used as the pretext for escalated administrative and legislative assaults on the small, decentralized producers who are never the cause of these outbreaks, but on the contrary are the solution.

      Congrats on your farm work. I was just out in the garden before doing some weeding and other stuff. I’m a little behind, but plan to start my tomato seeds tomorrow.

      Comment by Russ — March 26, 2012 @ 12:41 pm

    • What kinda trees, Ross?

      Comment by paper mac — March 26, 2012 @ 2:30 pm

  4. This post reminds me of John Taylor Gatto’s analysis of the school systeam. He insists (and backs his conclusions with sources) that rather than being a horrible failure as most people think, the compulsory education system is doing precisely what it was always intended to do.

    Comment by DualPersonality — March 26, 2012 @ 9:12 pm

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